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Kamm Building (Southwest Pine Street near First Avenue)

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Minor White, Kamm Building (Southwest Pine Street near First Avenue), ca. 1939, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration. New Deal Art Project, public domain, L42.3.36

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Title

Kamm Building (Southwest Pine Street near First Avenue)

Related Titles

inscribed: Kamm Building

Artist

Minor White (American, 1908-1976)

Date

ca. 1939

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 13 3/8 in x 10 3/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

title: Kamm Building, graphite, bottom left

signature: Minor White, graphite, bottom right

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration. New Deal Art Project

Accession Number

L42.3.36

Copyright

public domain

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

Picturing Oregon

Works Progress Administration Artworks

Place Made

Created in and depicts: Portland

Created in and depicts: Oregon

Description

The Kamm Building, completed in 1884, extended along the north side of Southwest Pine Street between Front and First avenues, and was one of the city's finest examples of iron-front architecture. White's viewpoint from across Pine Street is unusual: He did not move to the edge of the floor beneath him for an unobstructed view of the Kamm Building. Instead, he incorporated the heavy, geometric masses of adjacent buildings into the composition along with the unstable surface below, suggesting urban density and decay.

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